The last wisps of holiday cheer are evaporating in the Florida winter heat, and you're bored and depressed. Post-yuletide blues suck. But if you feel sad, imagine how your innocent unspoiled calendar feels, having never even had its first date.
So don't wallow in after-holiday depression. Attack 2005 with a vengence,and give your virgin calendar its first magical experience with a little help from this week's Plan Ahead.
On Friday, for example, you could head to
Axis Magazine's 10 Year Anniversary Bash at the Social followed by a performance by So-Cal band Strung Out. Check out the
Break Through Series with Hedshok and Massive Head Wound at Orlando Island Oasis. A great noise injection happens at the Copper Rocket when the
Coffin Lids, Hex Tremors and the Evidents rock the house.
Mohave beats up the Back Booth and KOW will beef up Will's Pub.
Straight from Jamaica The Onawi Band will lay down their deep-bass reggae at Natura Coffee and Tea.
Disco queen Vernessa Mitchell sings her hits at the Parliament House.
Other local acts include Distance, Unison and Milka at Holly & Dolly's,
Magda Hiller at Caffe da Vinci and
Sidewinder at Muldoon's Pub through Saturday.
If you don't mind a bit of a drive, check out some cooking rock with
Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton at the King Center in Melbourne throughout the weekend, or enjoy the
Cocoa Beach Jazz Fest which also continues through the weekend.
Saturday also has its share of great acts.
The local band showcase Jambando is at Hard Rock Live.
Big 10-4 and Atomic Tangerine hit the Social.
Other bands performing in and around town include
RAW at Holly & Dolly's,
Gestalt at Drinq at Ballard & Corum,
Coyotes and Town Dogs at Caffe da Vinci,
Mikah 9, Fatlip and Omni-b.l.x at Will's Pub,
modsters The Four Shames at the Peacock Room and jazz group
The Sunny Paxson Trio at the Westin Grand Bohemian. Tracy Adkins at Cypress Gardens
Sunday still offers musical possiblities.
Galactic rocks at the House of Blues.
Shut Up and Play is a local jam competition at the Social.
The Party People will party at Will's Pub.
The All Star Acoustic Jam livens up the Hard Rock Live.
Gospel Brunch is a great food and music experience at the House of Blues Restaurant.
And Faith Prince and Tom Wopat perform "Over the Rainbow" at the King Center in Melbourne.
To get a better perspective on Orlando music, read The Set List in which Bao dissects the local scene as if it were a euthanized frog.
And if you'd like a sneak peak inside the bar and club scene, check out the extraordinarily named Irish Handcuffs, written by a drinker that writes, Kelly Fitzpatrick.
Also, if you're more of a dancer than a listener, you can see a load of the DJ events in town this weekend. Just click here.
There are a few Comedy and Spoken Word happenings this week. Top on the list is the amazing performance artist, protestor and musician
Lydia Lunch giving a special show at the DMAC.
The Improv presents comedian Tammy Pescatelli, while
David Graham and Tony Esposito get the laughs at Bonkerz.
You can also enjoy the Duel of Fools improv performance at SAK.
The big event of the weekend is the start of Playfest 2005, a three week showcase of plays, readings and theatrical workshops at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The feature production is Trapezium, a farce based on the Tristan and Isolde myth. The rest of the plays and performances kick off on Saturday.
For a bawdy, cross dressing good time from the people that gave you Wanzie's A Trailer Trash Christmas, see Ladies of Eola Heights at the Footlight Theatre in the Parliament House.
Bob Carr presents I've Got Rhythm, a musical extravaganza. Other theater events in and around town include
The Most Happy Fella at the Helen Stairs Theatre,
Little Shop of Horrors at the Seaside Music Theatre,
The Man Who Came To Dinner at the Surfside Playhouse,
Sweeney Todd at the IceHouse Theatre,
Cash on Delivery at the Theatre Winter Haven,
Chapter Two in New Smyrna Beach,
Getting Away With Murder at the Titusville Playhouse,
Harvey at the Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg and
Our Town at the State Theatre.
Art Happenings are so numerous this week, it's impossible to list them, but you can see them all if you click here.
Finally the much loved Miscellaneous category, that dumping ground for the unusual, odd, interesting and uncategorizable, has plenty of events happening through the weekend. They got spirit, yes, they do! at the
College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship at Pleasure Island on Friday and Wide World of Sports on Saturday and Sunday.
Ink is in at the Female Tattoo Artist Expo in Kissimmee. Yeah, clowns scare me too, but don't let that keep you away from "The Greatest Show on Earth," the
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the TD Waterhouse.
The 9th Annual Sunshine Chili Cook-Off in Kissimmee on Saturday should be a gas. (Yes, pun intended. Braaap!)
Golfweek's Golfest Orlando is a great get-involved event for lovers of the links. Finally, chef celebrity Alton Brown is whipping up some fun at Barnes and Noble on Sunday.
Now that your calendar has experienced the thrill of a really good "penciling-in," thanks to Plan Ahead events, get out there and do something.